Rural businesses we love: Harriet Whinney Pearls

According to fashion commentators. pearl jewellery is ‘back’. Whether you’re thinking about purchasing your first piece, or you’ve always been a girl in pearls, rural pearl specialist Harriet Whinney is well worth a look.

pearlsHarriet Whinney Pearls is an artisan workshop in Somerset, which creates beautiful jewellery using cultured pearls sourced largely from China. As well as a range of earrings, bracelets, pendants and intricate necklaces, set on silver or gold, the workshop also crafts bespoke pieces and restrings existing jewellery. Prices start from £15, and each piece comes with a distinctive silk pouch for safekeeping.

The eponymous founder and her team are often to be found at country fairs, providing hands-on advice about both their pieces and how to restore your heirlooms. Whinney herself has been making pearl jewellery for over 30 years, having started at her kitchen table when her children were very young. She has an excellent eye for what styles and colours complement your look, and knows everything there is to know about these lustrous objects.

Visit the website of this Suffolk-based rural business to find out more: www.harrietwhinney.com

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